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Wrong to exercise right

To the editor:

Perhaps something may be learned from the Auschwitz convent controversy in the 1980s and ending in 1993. The building was located on the periphery of the concentration camp. Pope John Paul ll ordered the 14 nuns out of the building out of respect and to improve relations with the Jewish Community.

Out of respect for the victims of 911 and their families, the site of the former Burlington Coat Factory building in New York City should not be used as a community center with a Muslim prayer room It too is on the periphery of Ground Zero and was actually destroyed that day like so many other buildings.

The issue is not freedom of religion. That is a right. But saying it is a right does not mean it is the most sensitive, caring action to be taken out of respect for those dealing with devastating pain associated with 911.

If that building is a source of hurt for those who lost loved ones that day, that is what is important. We should listen to them. Their feelings are the bottom line.

Donna Carson
Rochester

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